Painting autumn landscapes in oils with Tom Benjamin

Painting - Oils

Ref: SLW11123

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About this course

Explore outdoor oil painting techniques in a range of locations to capture rich autumn colours and atmospheric weather. You will paint outside as much as possible, as well as in the studio.

Course Description

Autumn is a special time of year for landscape painters. Colours can be very rich and the weather atmospheric. This is primarily an outdoor painting course in oils. The tutor will focus on techniques that will help you to make paintings that capture your individual responses to the landscape more fully. And also to deepen and enrich those responses.

You will be working in a range of locations (depending on the weather) which exemplify the beauty of the season. Subjects will include woodland and open views. You will be working on quick one off oils and also one or more sustained paintings. You will also explore ways of structuring paintings so they have a sense of space, light, form and atmosphere. The techniques that you focus on will be those that allow you to work at speed so that you are better able to capture fleeting effects of light.

You will be able to work on paintings in the studio in the evenings and in the event of bad weather. This will give you an opportunity to look at studio based techniques and approaches for taking ideas further. In addition to one-to-one discussion while you are working and whole class talks. The tutor will also paint sometimes so that you can see how he approaches landscape painting.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Acrylic gesso primer, Acrylic paints to add to primer for colouring ground
  • Low odour thinner (Zest It) for studio use
  • Two 8 x 6 inch MDF boards, two 10 x 8 inch MDF boards, two 12 x 9 inch MDF boards and two 16 x 12 inch MDF boards

What students need to bring

  • Paint rags
  • A camera or smart phone if you want photographic references
  • West Dean has its own sketching easels and portable chairs, but you are welcome to bring your own foldable chair, if you like.
  • **Please bring painting equipment and a surface to paint on to the first evening session.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Oil paints: Titanium White, Winsor Yellow or equivalent, Yellow Ochre, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Winsor Blue (green shade) or equivalent, Raw Umber, Ivory Black
  • Hog brushes (artists’ quality) I recommend long flat in a range of sizes 1–10
  • Double Dipper
  • A flat palette
  • White spirit or turps (for outdoor work only)
  • A two inch decorators brush


Tom Benjamin

Tom Benjamin paints landscapes, town and coastal views in oils, outside in front of the subject, in all weathers. He is represented by Sarah O'Kane Fine Art.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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